The Questors Theatre is one of the largest and most highly regarded amateur theatres in Europe, presenting a season of 15-20 productions to professional standards, including modern and classic plays and comedies, in its 300-seat Playhouse and 90-seat Studio.
It has about 1400 members drawn from across west London, of whom about 600 perform on stage and work backstage. In December 2012 The Observer hailed The Questors as “the acme of amateur theatre”, and in January 2015 the Evening Standard described it as “London’s most successful amateur theatre”.
The Questors were founded in Ealing in 1929, and have been resident in their large Mattock Lane site since 1933. Their flexible Playhouse was one of the first purpose-built British theatres designed after the war, and it was opened in 1964 by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Questors Academy offers training courses for actors, which lead to student membership of Equity, and also runs a youth theatre which currently caters for about 500 local children and young people. In partnership with the University of West London Questors Academy also offer a BA Honours degree in Theatre Production.
The current President of The Questors is Dame Judi Dench, who succeeded Sir Michael Redgrave in 1985.
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